I'm trusting that this forum is not here to shit on people who have no idea what they are talking about This is the first time I've posted here since I don't train any martial art or even for fitness for that matter. I walk a lot but that's about it. Please forgive my ignorance. Here's the thing. I've always had issues trying to increase strength. In fact, I put on weight very slowly even when I stop exercising altogether and pig out. I tried lifting heavy things for about a year along with consuming protein drinks with my normal diet and didn't gain a pound; apparently had no more strength after than before either. I've been told I was probably doing it incorrectly but no one has ever suggested what the right way is. I know genetics has a lot to do with it as well. I'm hardly what you call a mesomorph. Think instead of an out of shape Nate Diaz, i.e. 6' and around 150-160lbs. This is normal for me though; I've weighed the same since I was a teenager. Please understand that I am not trying to turn into a body builder. I just want to increase upper body strength so I can get to a point where I'm not completely useless after a small amount of exertion. I'm afraid I'm po' so I can't afford to join a gym or get 1 on 1 training. At some point, I'd like to find a beginner's level dojo or what have you but for now, I really need some simple exercises that will be effective. I thought the ones I was doing would be after researching them on the web, but as I said, they apparently didn't do a thing. I would appreciate any advice but the more specific and simple the better, please. I really don't have the first clue where to start.